Welcome to the OEF/OIF/OND (Iraq & Afghanistan) Quickstart Guide.
This is a starting point for information and resources for service members and veterans who served in Iraq and Afghanistan post-9/11 and their families.
This guide is intended for:
- Service members from any branch or component who served in Iraq or Afghanistan since September 11, 2001.
- Family members
- A person who is helping one of the above
The following are resources specifically focused on OEF/OIF/OND service members, veterans and their families:
1. Learn about the effects of deployment & reintegration: There are great resources to assist service members, veterans and family members with managing the stressors associated with military service.
The Defense Centers of Excellence has information on an array of topics.
One of the resources is the Real Warriors website, which has information on the impact of deployment and reintegration, including video profiles of service members and family members.
Link: Real Warriors
2. Access VA Health Care: Service members who served in Iraq or Afghanistan since 9/11 are eligible for five-years of health care at no cost. Each of Arizona’s three VA Health Care Systems has an OEF/OIF/OND post-deployment clinic specifically for Iraq & Afghanistan veterans.
The post-deployment clinics can assist with connecting veterans to resources, information and services. Even if you don’t intend on using VA health care, consider enrolling in the VA system.
3. Consider the Military Family Relief Fund: This fund was established specifically to help Arizona military families who experience financial hardship because of deployment. There are three basic requirements: 1) Deployed to a combat zone post-9/11 2) Financial hardship relating to deployment 3) Arizona residency. The fund is administered by the Arizona Department of Veterans’ Services. Click the link below for more detailed information on this fund.
4. Connect with the Vet Centers: Service members and veterans who served in OEF/OIF/OND and their family members are eligible for counseling services at Vet Centers, community-based counseling centers located around the state. There is no cost for these services, which are confidential.
5. Use the Post-9/11 GI Bill: The Post-9/11 GI Bill offers great educational benefits. Learn more about how you can use your benefits and how to get started on the VA GI Bill website.
Link: VA GI Bill site